Guest Post by Mike
I hope Amy eventually gets around to reading this book and doing a proper review at some point because it deserves the attention. But I need to recommend it to you in the meantime.
This is a historical account of the life and adventures of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, the father of Alexandre Dumas. It can be summed up in three syllables: A-MA-ZING!
There are three reasons to get obsessed with this book:
1) The Biography. The story of Thomas-Alexandre's life is unreal. There are times when you think you must be reading fiction, because it is unbelievable that a real person could experience so much. I came away awestruck, wondering how I'd never heard of this incredible person before.
2) The History. It has been a long time since I've read or studied much about the French Revolution. This story spans most of the important events and was a great refresher. It was riveting to follow a high profile participant as he navigated the perils of the times (sometimes successfully, sometimes not).
3) The Literature. The Count of Monte Cristo has been one of my favorite books since high school. I had no idea that it was inspired by a real person: Dumas' own father, no less! There's nothing like the story behind the story to make you love a story even more.
The Black Count deserves the many accolades it has received.